Carsickness cure helps put new roof on village church

George Sutherland and Dr Angus Armstrong at St Mary the Virgin church in Longframlington.
George Sutherland and Dr Angus Armstrong at St Mary the Virgin church in Longframlington.

A CHILDREN’S story made up to keep a young boy from being carsick has been published to raise money for a Longframlington church.

The Last Monk at Brinkburn was made up by Dr Angus Armstrong’s father Rex.

Now Dr Armstrong, who lives at Longframlington, has published the story for the first time in order to help boost funds to the village’ St Mary’s Church Opening Doors project.

The former Rothbury doctor ironically came up with the idea while dressed as a monk at Brinkburn Priory.

Dr Armstrong, whose son Alexander is a famous comedian, was taking part in a demonstration for primary school children at the English Heritage attraction and was talking to youngsters about medieval medicine.

“They were fascinated about it and it reminded me about the story,” he said.

“My father told us stories to stop me being carsick and we persuaded him to write some down.”

When Dr Armstrong remembered that the story had been written down he thought it would be a good fund-raising idea.

It has been reproduced in an A4 booklet with illustrations by eight-year-old George Sutherland, from the village, and Dennis Sweetman, of Amble.

It tells the story of Brother Gregory and his job at the mill at Brinkburn Priory.

But when Brother Gregory has to leave to work further along the River Coquet he finds out that the Priory has been destroyed by soldiers.

He rushes back and finds it in a state of disrepair, but he manages to keep the mill wheel turning.

He was left as the last monk at Brinkburn, until the elves arrive to help out and find untold happiness.

The story is available to buy for 60p a copy.

All funds raised from it will go towards a new roof for St Mary’s Church.